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Removing Multiple Layers of Paint from Wood Work

How should I remove layers of old paint from wood before I repaint it?

By June W.


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June 30, 20110 found this helpful

Stores have all kinds of products to strip paint off. No matter what you use, there is a certain amount of hard work involved.

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July 1, 20110 found this helpful

Two choices. Use a paint stripper or sand old paint off with power tool. Either way use safety protection.

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July 2, 20110 found this helpful

First you have to be careful if the painting was done when it still had lead in it. Especially be careful of sanding and especially if there are small children in your family. You can use paint stripper but it is best to do that outside. I know from experience. I tried to strip a piano in the house and even though I had a fan going, it was not enough. I started feeling kind of woozy and broke out in giant hives all over my body. Then, I wanted to sleep practically 20 hours a day for 3 days. I went on a antihistamine and that helped with the hives and the sleeping but after that my mind was screwed up. I was out of body for several days after, took a whole month to feel normal again. To make a long story short, I will never refinish anything inside again.

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July 5, 20110 found this helpful

If using paint stripper cover in cling wrap after applying. Leave for about 20 minutes then peel away. This helped me remove 12 layers of paint. Know this because each one was a different color.

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September 16, 2012

We have a home that was built in 1886. The woodwork and doors have at least 4 layers of paint. What is the best way to remove all this paint? Are there any homemade solutions that I could make?

By Debbie M.


September 17, 20120 found this helpful

You may have a problem with lead in the paint. Since about 1975 paint manufacturers have not used lead in their paints. You should have the paint tested for lead. If there is lead in the paint you will have to have a professional remove the paint. You can look this up on

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